It’s the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States and has made its way in homes with the latest “Botox parties”, but when (if ever) is the right time for Botox injections? Although many adults regularly receive the popular procedure for diminishing the visible signs of aging, there has been an increasing number of 20 somethings who are turning to the treatment to prevent the onset of wrinkles. Here are a few facts you should know before you join in on the Botox craze.
Advantages Of A Head Start
Signs of aging begin to show in your 20s, particularly, for those who do not use SPF daily or those who were just unlucky with genes. Getting Botox as a method of prevention for wrinkles and fine lines has been steadily gaining popularity over the years as young men and women seek prevention rather than cure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons , women in their twenties make up approximately 30 percent of Botox users and experts agree that it’s a great tool to improve facial symmetry and reverse extreme sun damage.
Reasons To Wait
Considering there is no definitive evidence that Botox can prevent wrinkles from forming, many experts say using Botox before lines show up doesn’t make sense. Patients who start too early may receive decades of injections before they are actually needed. Plastic surgeon Arthur Perry adds, “The concept of trying to prevent future wrinkles is nutty. You don’t want to use a drug unless you need the drug, and Botox is a drug.”
Skip It All Together?
As with any treatment, Botox is not without its drawbacks. Aside from the health risks including allergic reactions and the risk of facial paralysis, there are several other reasons why Botox may be a bad idea. Too much Botox can lead to an ability to show expression, it’s not a permanent solution, and because it’s not covered under most health plans, it can become costly. Given these facts, you may want to think twice if you have been considering jumping on the Botox bandwagon.